N.Korean Broadcasters Getting Younger

North Korea is putting younger anchors on television, Hong Kong's Phoenix TV reported after a tour of the regime's state-run Korean Central Television. Until recently they were middle-aged or elderly.

One of the most famous was Ri Chun-hi (70), who retired just two years ago and was known for her absurdly emotional delivery.

Phoenix TV staff toured the state broadcaster to mark the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-il. They said broadcasting studios are equipped with large LED screens, high-resolution cameras and teleprompters that rival the equipment used in South Korea.

Two anchors who were present appeared to be in their 20s, and there were no older ones. Phoenix TV said Kim Jong-il placed high priority on the broadcast media and imported high-tech equipment, while the younger ages of anchors demonstrate his son Kim Jong-un's interest in the media.

A female anchor in her 20s first appeared on North Korean TV on Jan. 8 and began her newscast by congratulating Kim junior on his birthday.

North Korean TV airs only on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., but broadcasts last all day long on special occasions.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 18, 2014 10:13 KST